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British health care system and their medical employees believe they cannot, should not, do anything to treat and possibly save Charlie. OK…. National Health System gets to decide what treatments are covered by the national health insurance policy, or are not. Charlie has the right to leave the system and try to get treatment elsewhere. Charlie, his parents, have the right to figure out who can try to treat him and how to pay for it since the British health system will do neither.
But the abomination in this case is that the British single payer national health system orders that the life support cease so that Charlie dies…… the system seeks to order Charlie not to attempt to arrange for care, even heroic or experimental care, to be provided and paid for by other medical providers.
The British care-givers insist before the court that it is their prerogative to carry out their death penalty and prohibiting Charlie from seeking alternative care by some other willing and capable medical providers. Single payer (government) health insurance, death panels……go together…… they expect to be the jury, the judge and executioner. LM)
Charlie is being treated like a criminal and not as an 11-month-old baby whose parents are hoping that he gets a chance — a chance to live.
This is an undated photo of sick baby Charlie Gard provided by his family, taken at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. A British court will assess new evidence Monday July 10, 2017, in the case of 11-month-old Charlie Gard as his mother pleaded with judges to allow the terminally ill infant to receive experimental treatment for his rare genetic disease, mitochondrial depletion syndrome. (Family of Charlie Gard via AP)
This is an undated photo of sick baby Charlie Gard provided by his family, taken at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. A British court will assess new evidence Monday July 10, 2017, in the case of 11-month-old Charlie Gard … more >
By Mercedes Schlapp – – Thursday, July 13, 2017
Baby Charlie Gard’s death sentence could be issued any day now following the hearing in London, his fate now in the hands of the English court.
In case you haven’t been following the case, the 11-month-old London infant has a rare, fatal genetic disorder and has been in the hospital for most of his life. The Royal Court of Justice will decide whether his parents have the right to remove Charlie from the hospital and seek alternative treatments with doctors who say they are willing to help.
This obstruction by the courts and the hospitals sends a disturbing message to parents with sick children. Charlie is being treated like a criminal and not as an 11-month-old baby whose parents are hoping that he gets a chance — a chance to live. What is even more troubling is watching the hospital, which should be focused on the patient, argue in court that Charlie should be taken off the ventilator, more concerned with maintaining its institutional prerogatives and not allowing Charlie to receive cutting-edge experimental treatment.
Doctors, a hospital, and a court thus have been making decisions contrary to the parents’ desire to care for their child and seek help elsewhere. This case sets a dangerous precedent, one that is fundamentally anti-parent. This is one of those moments where we need to challenge our institutions on the rights parents have in deciding the future of their children.
– – Thursday, July 13, 2017
Just like Bloomburg regulating the size of carbonated beverages or Michelle Obama deciding what children should eat in the school lunch program, or Barack deciding that Charter schools were bad for other’s kids while his attended very expensive private schools. or Mr/Mrs George Clooney deciding Europe was too dangerous to live in because he believed in border less countries but was incensed when he has prohibited from erecting a fence around his property.
While I agree that the ultimate decision should lie with Gard’s parents and not with the State, I think they will not be happy with the outcome of raising a deaf, blind baby possibly retarded but it should be there choice. The question that I have “Are the parents being selfish not to just let this child go?”
And of course the UK socialists can never admit that America has a more competent health system and better trained doctors and medical professionals than their bureaucratic mess. But the way the GOP Senate is screwing things up, they had better hurry because the USA is headed in the same direction of a one payer system as the Brits and labeling it repeal of ObamaCare..-PT